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Collecting resources on how the Internet, or more specifically, web browsing works. I plan to divide the resources into several categories, starting with the following:

  • What does a web server do
  • HTML
  • Caching
  • Headers and meta headers

As always, this page is subject to reorganization at any time, and the subjects listed above may move to separate pages.

See AboutThesePages.

Contents

Notes

What does a web server do

A web server displays things on your local web browser fetched from another computer, often remote from your computer.

The things displayed are generally known as pages.

Pages can be static or dynamic.

A static page consists of one or more files stored on the remote computer. These files include at least one HTML file that provides the basic "skeleton" for the page. They may also include files containing plain text (?), additional HTML, images (in a variety of formats) and ??

A dynamic page consists of the same things that a static page consists of, but also includes data fetched (when the page is fetched) from some more dynamic source of data, like a database.

By more dynamic, I mean something whose content can be changed other than by someone explicitly editing a file to change the data. Some examples: a dynamic page could report the current number of names in a database. Everytime someone adds a name to the database, that count is updated. Everytime a web page containing that count is viewed or "refreshed", the current count is automatically displayed on the page (see #Caching. (Aside: I can't think of any situations where the data is updated on a viewed page automatically, without a refresh.)

HTML

CGI

PHP

Caching

Headers and meta headers

Resources

See ResourceRecommendations. Feel free to add additional resources to these lists, but please follow the guidelines on ResourceRecommendations including ResourceRecommendations#Guidelines_for_Rating_Resources.

What does a web server do

HTML

CGI

PHP

Caching

Recommended

Headers and meta headers

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Contributors

  • () RandyKramer - 02 Jun 2002
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Rants (Ignore)

See MyRantings.

I (and you) know more than I (you) think I (you) know: I may not expound on it here, but I just "remembered" that in many cases people know more than they think they know. The importance of this is at least twofold:

  • My efforts to start my own explanations of things (like how the Internet works) are not worthless, even if they contain errors (subject to correction) -- in fact, such efforts provide a personal framework of what I know and don't know which helps as I read other things -- I have a place to hang them, and a basis to read other things more intently when they conflict with what I thought I knew.

  • Such frameworks or personal explanations may be more correct than I think (??)

Anyway, this is not the place to expound on this -- will consider moving this somewhere more appropriate and then elaborating further, sometime.

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